WINTER 2013, VOL. 93, NO. 4
Roping Things Together
By John T. Harding
Alice and Russell True Foundation Fellowship winner Alexander Chaitoff
studies for a master of public health before starting medical school.
Engineering Her Course
By Leslie Ginn
Omobola Thomas applies her Love of Learning Award toward an
advanced degree in electrical engineering while working full time.
By Ashley Barnas
South Dakota State University’s Literacy Grant promotes reading
and health by teaching youngsters “How to Eat a Book.”
On a Mission to Help the Developing World
By Michelle Holowach
Study Abroad Grant recipient Megan Frohardt’s service-learning in
Nampula, Mozambique, stoked her passion for international aid.
Award Leads to Honor!
By Jim Bernhard
Complete the steps of this celebratory word ladder to share in the
Society’s annual huzzahs. (Hint: This summary provides a rung!)
Phi Kappa Phi Forum seeks original, previously unpublished poetry from active
Society members for its spring 2014 edition. The poetry contest is open only
to active Society members, published or unpublished. Submissions — one
per entrant per issue — should be up to 40 lines long and must reflect the
theme of the edition: “Faith.” One poem is selected for the printed version.
Runners-up may appear online. Entry deadline is midnight, Dec. 2, only by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete rules and details, go online
Poetry Contest for Active Members Coming Next Issue
The theme will be “Faith.” Potential topics for
the spring 2014 edition include impediments to
women’s leadership roles in major religions in the
U.S.; faith according to American philosophers
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Peirce, William
James and John Dewey; U.S. democracy vis-à-vis
the separation of church and state; prayer in
college sports; and religion and science fiction.
Phi Kappa Phi Awards Deadlines
Fellowships: Due at Society headquarters by April 15, 2014.
Contact your chapter for local prior due date.
Love of Learning Awards: June 30, 2014.
Literacy Grants: April 1, 2014.
Study Abroad Grants: April 1, 2014.
Scholar and Artist Awards: Feb. 15, 2014.
Distinguished Service Award: Feb. 15, 2014.
For more information, go online to www.phikappaphi.org.
About the Awards
By Diane G. Smathers
‘The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was started by a student.”
This was my opening remark at the
inaugural Phi Kappa Phi Student Vice
President Leadership Summit held this
past summer in Baton
Rouge. More than 60
student chapter officers
participated in the
weekend seminar. As
leaders at their respec-
tive chapters, these stu-
dents aspire to motivate
others and to recognize those who
excel, much the same as did Marcus L.
Urann, the student founder, in 1897.
In this annual awards edition, you
will meet student leaders from around
the country — those who had life-alter-
ing experiences through Study Abroad
Grants in undeveloped countries, or
those who are academically gifted and,
thanks in part to Fellowships, are pursu-
ing graduate studies in cutting edge sci-
ence. You will also read about Literacy
Grant recipients whose outreach greatly
enriches an impoverished community, or
young professionals who continue to let
the love of learning rule their daily lives
through aptly named awards.
These 268 award recipients — shar-
ing in $500,000 that Phi Kappa Phi
distributes each year — have one thing
in common: they are members of the
oldest and most selective all-discipline
honor society in this country. When
Urann approached his professors at
the University of Maine in 1897, he
wrote, “I was looking for something
which would be an inspiration to all
students to work for high rank. …”
And these winners have done just that.
As you read this awards issue, let his
words inspire you to strive for “high
rank” in all that you do.
And please, help us to continue
this legacy of excellence through a
contribution to The Honor Society of
Phi Kappa Phi Foundation.
On the Cover:
When asked via email about her career objective, Fellowship winner Taylor Jade Adams answered, “To be of service.” She is well on her way. Adams has taught
English in Mombasa, Kenya, and done outreach in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Stateside, she has worked summers at Camp Boggy Creek, a free year-round retreat
in Eustis, Fla., for children age 7-16 with chronic or life-threatening illness and their families. This academic year, the graduate of Florida State University, her
Phi Kappa Phi chapter (and the location for this photo, taken in February), is teaching English and learning Mandarin in Yilan, Taiwan, on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Adams will then pursue a master of public policy at Georgetown University. “Thank you, Phi Kappa Phi, for helping me continue to expand my cross-cultural
education,” she wrote, “in preparation for a career in public service around the world.”
2 Fellowships • 6 Love of Learning Awards • 12 Literacy Grants • 14 Study Abroad Grants
Answers to questions that had been forwarded to winners were compiled, condensed, and edited by Editor Peter Szatmary.
Melissa Meschler/Florida State University